Category OSHA

Vernace v. Port Authority

Employers cannot retaliate or discriminate against an employee who has filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Federal Rail Safety Act of 1982 (FRSA). Laura Vernace filed a complaint with OSHA alleging that the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH), her employer, retaliated against her by intimidating and threatening her […]

AFL-CIO: USW: Salt Mine Owner Violated Worker Safety, Should Not Get Award

True Value should take back the 2011 Supplier of the Year Award it gave North American Salt, says United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard, because North American operates a salt mine in Louisiana that has received safety and health citations for serious violations and has been shut down temporarily by the Mine Safety and Health […]

DC DPW Trash Collection Workers Exposed To Toxic Vapor

A Department of Public Works (DPW) trash collection crew was exposed to a toxic vapor today while working in Northeast Washington.  The three-person crew was decontaminated on the scene by the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.  Although, two of the workers were transported to the hospital for additional treatment, the injuries they sustained […]

Proposed Budget: A Good Sign for Workers?

Early last week, the Obama Administration released a proposed budget for fiscal year 2013.  Many believe President Obama’s final budget request has no likelihood of passing, but will serve as a line in the sand for the upcoming presidential campaign. Regardless, examining the proposed budget can shed light on current labor and employment trends. It […]

OSHA News Release: AirTran Ordered to Reinstate, Reimburse Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co., to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 million in back wages plus interest and […]

OSHA Cracking Down on Underreporting

From the Labor Law Center Blog: OSHA recently issued a memo requiring local offices to implement more inspections and crack down on employers who underreport accidents in the workplace.  The action specifically targets factories and companies with many workers at one site, who report much lower injury rates than their competitors. Ironically, a workplace safety plan that […]